As you well know, I love carving and printing stamps. Finding successful and safe ways for children to make their own stamps always feels extra satisfying. I’m not a fan of craft foam, but some of it has wandered into our art corner … again! Why not utilize its redeeming qualities and turn it into something that can be used over and over? Craft foam can easily be cut with small (and not-so-sharp) children’s scissors and absorbs ink/paint nicely for printing. Here’s a simple technique for creating stamps that could be applied to many artistic pursuits for multiple ages.
- scrap of thin foam
- wine cork
- ink pad
- scissors (optional)
- Cut out small (around 2 inches) heart (or any other shape, for that matter).
- Tape it to a small square of cardboard.
- Encourage your child to draw a design on the foam with a pen or pencil (press hard!). If the foam shape is random, you may want to have them draw a heart in the center using a stencil for help.
- Cut off the excess cardboard around the foam.
- Glue the back of the cardboard to a cork (a wooden spool would work well too). We didn't want to wait for glue to dry, and a little piece of duct tape worked just fine as an instant fix.